Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump promises to protect Christians at Liberty commencement speech

Trump promises to protect Christians at Liberty commencement speech

Trump, echoing the theme, said, "If I give you one message to hold in your hearts today it is this: Never ever give up".

For his first commencement speech as commander-in-chief, President Donald Trump returned to a place that was key to shoring up evangelical support for his presidential campaign. "When the founders wrote the Declaration of Independence, they invoked our Creator four times, because in America we don't worship government, we worship God". "You will have the faith to replace a broken establishment with a government that serves and protects the people". Trump, in an apparent warning to his fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director, said Friday, May 12, 2017, that James Comey had better hope there are no "tapes" of their conversations.

Trump has given the commencement address and he's citing the class of 2017, "dressed in cap and gown graduating to a totally brilliant future".

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In spite of all that praise, there were protests at Liberty University, and at least one boo. Trump said he and his staff are looking at "very well known, highly respected, really talented people, and that's what we want for the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

In October, when some students denounced Trump as being antithetical to Christianity after sexually-charged remarks surfaced from 2005, Falwell asserted that, in their immaturity of youth, they were wrongfully "ignoring" the teachings of Jesus on judging.

"I'm guessing there are some people here today who thought that either one of those things. would really require major help from God", he joked.

He said in an aside: "I think I did. I think loyalty to the country, loyalty to the United States is important". "I said I was going to do it and Jerry, I did it", Trump said referring to Falwell and the Johnson Amendment order.

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Trump, who was presented with an honorary degree but didn't wear academic regalia during his address, urged the Liberty graduates to remain persistent, never give up and, if necessary, to embrace being an outsider. "Do we agree?" he said to laughter. "Following your convictions means you must be willing to face criticism from those who lack the same courage to do what is right".

Trump said that Americans do not need a lecture from Washington on how to lead their lives. Trump, who has frequently attacked the press for being critical of him, told graduates they should "turn your hopes and dreams into actions".

Donald Trump always believes that he is correct and his judgment is all that matters. Falwell often compared Trump to his later father, the conservative televangelist Jerry Falwell, and argued that while Trump wasn't the most religious candidate in the race, he was the man the country needed.

A Baptist school, Liberty University has an anti-LGBT reputation.

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